Summer is slowly coming to an end. Fall is just around the corner. And school is about to begin any day now. What an emotional time for everyone—kids, parents, and grandparents!
You have to admit, the start of a new school year conjures up many memories for us. Remember getting all those brand new school supplies (especially that cool big-kid box of 64 crayons with a built-in sharpener)? Those spiffy new school shoes? Maybe even a new outfit? Remember going to bed the night before the big day, all nervous, anxious, and excited at the same time? And remember not being able to sleep while checking your alarm clock every half hour?
1. Photo Bookmarks via Nearly Crafty
2. Back-to-School Lunch Box Ideas via Vicky Barone
3. Free Printable First-Day-of-School Signs via Remodelaholic
4. Confetti Pencils via Make and Tell
5. Restoration Hardware Inspired Desk Organizer via Addicted 2 DIY
6. Free Printable Watercolor Notebook Covers via Eighteen25
Well, today’s kids are no different. They’re probably a little sad that summer’s over. They’re probably scared of what to expect, from classmates to classroom to teacher. And they’re probably as ready as they’ll ever be to face a new year of challenges, growth, and rewards.
Help make your child’s or grandchild’s adventure a little less stressful—and a lot more fun! Start by getting organized. This handy back-to-school checklist is divided by grade and should be a big help. Then send a cheerful card to get them in the right frame of mind and let them know you care.
We’ve also come up with some other creative ways to add more fun. For instance, make a cute bookmark using your child’s own photo. Spiff up some pencils to make them appear more festive. Cover notebooks with colorful inspirational quotes. Make an easy desk organizer. Get fresh ideas for a variety of healthy-yet-delicious lunches. Or print a sign for that adorable “first-day-of-school” photo in front of your house. You’re the one making happy memories now!